Deputy Director, HS2 Shareholder Team

Department for Transport

Closing date: 20 Feb 2018

Reference number



circa £70,000 per annum


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Project Delivery
Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.

Significant travel will be required.

About the job

Job description

You will take the lead in managing the Department’s shareholder relationships with HS2 Ltd and LCR. You will:

•Manage relevant corporate governance relationships and ensure these evolve to reflect changing circumstances. In particular, ensuring the strategic direction of each company and corporate development objectives are aligned with needs and requirements of both Sponsors and Shareholder;

•Build relationships / lead interaction at Board-level, including relationships with the Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Finance Officer, Non-Executive Directors and senior management;

•In the case of HS2 Ltd, work effectively with the High Speed Rail Client function within DfT’s High Speed Rail Group. Clarify Client and shareholder needs and requirements, where required challenging conventions and business as usual practices, and ensuring consistency between Client and Shareholders in terms of engagement with the companies;

•Support development of a strong and effective Board and Executive Team, and monitor capability of these governance functions to realise the companies’ present and future objectives;

•Monitor effectiveness of corporate governance and risk management within each company. Where required, identify mechanisms to streamline and improve decision making based on agreed remits and delegations;

•Lead ministerial engagement on the exercise of Government’s rights as a shareholder, including Board appointments, pay and performance and other shareholder approvals;

•Work with the Client team and stakeholders to ensure clarity and consistency in their needs and requirements. Ensuring effective monitoring and performance information is collated to inform policy decisions;

•Review the existing structure, scope and operational model for shareholding in DfT and identify opportunities to embed best practice;

•As a manager, set the vision and priorities of the team, align individual and team objectives, motivate and invest in the development of staff, and manage resources;

•As a leader, play a positive and active role in the leadership and development of the Corporate Finance Directorate, and the Department as a whole.

To learn more about this role and for details on how to apply,please download the Vacancy Information pack below.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is:

Advert Closing Date:23:59hrs Tuesday 20 February 2018

Short List Meeting:Wednesday 28 February 2018

Assessments:w/c 5 and w/c 12 March 2018

Interviews :w/c 19 March 2018

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.

Further information

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process as set out in the 'How to Apply' section of the information pack.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Please ensure that both your CV and Statement of Suitability contain your full name.

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Further information about the role or how to apply can be found in the information pack below.

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